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Pistorius Gets 5 Years for Killing Girlfriend

Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was hauled off to prison in an armored car Tuesday after a South African judge handed down a 5-year sentence for the 2013 Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "I'm just glad it's all over," said Steenkamp’s father, Barry. Pistorius faced a maximum prison sentence for culpable homicide of 15 years. Judge Masipa said that a “noncustodial sentence would send the wrong message to the community,” but “a long sentence would also not be appropriate either." Pistorius’ uncle Arnold cited a “harrowing 20 months” that had been emotionally draining. “I hope Oscar will start his own healing process as he walks down the path of restoration,” he said. Read »
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